Most computers purchased today include a keyboard, but these included keyboards don’t always live up to expectations. They might get the job done, but you sometimes need an upgrade.
There are ergonomically designed keyboards to help prevent hand and wrist pains after a day full of writing. Gamers need top-notch responsiveness to ensure they have the edge in whatever game they are playing. Other keyboards may have special features that cater to anyone with special needs.
Let’s look at the best keyboards available today.
1. Best office keyboard: Logitech MX Keys
The Logitech MX Keys is a $124 full-sized wireless keyboard with tactile scissor switches used in the keys. This may not be the keyboard for those that want a traditional mechanical unit, but it’s much better than any standard keyboard. The keys are consistent and quiet, making it great for office or nighttime use.
2. Best Mac keyboard: Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad
Unlike the usual compact keyboard that comes with most new Macs, the Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad features an extended layout with soft and responsive keys. The internal battery lasts about a month and charges via a Lightning port on the back of the keyboard. This high-end Apple keyboard will set you back $129.
3. Best gaming keyboard: Razer Huntsman v2 Analog
The $249.99 Razer Huntsman v2 Analog keyboard combines optical technology and Razer’s analog mechanical key switches, allowing full device customization for gaming or typing. The full-size keyboard comes in matte black with an aluminum top and customizable RGB lighting lights on its underside.
4. Best multi-device keyboard: Logitech K780
If you need a keyboard you can use for more than one computer or smart device, the $68.99 Logitech K780 may be a fit for you. Its Unifying Receiver can switch between different devices without much effort.
5. Best ergonomic keyboard: Microsoft Surface Ergonomic
The $129.99 Microsoft Surface Ergonomic keyboard is divided into two sections to improve the typing experience for people who suffer from RSI or find standard keyboards difficult to use. It features an Alcantara palm rest — a soft microfiber cloth made in Italy. The key’s feedback and return force prevents accidental presses and allows for smooth, consistent action.
6. Best keyboard for automation: Das Keyboard 4Q
The $199 Das Keyboard 4Q uses applets to help software developers focus on creating software and maintain concentration. It integrates IFTTT and Zapier to automate common work tasks and tracks the most important information directly on its RGB keys.
Users can customize the keyboard to notify them, such as if a website goes down, or a user has been assigned a new task. When one of these events occurs, the keyboard will change color and let you know. It will also send notifications for activity on Slack, GitHub, Stack Overflow, Trello, and other sites.
7. Best creative keyboard: Logitech Craft
The $169.99 Logitech Craft keyboard was designed with creatives in mind. It features what Logitech calls a “Crown,” an input dial that adapts to the app you’re using, giving you access to specific functions.